The Art Of Stitching: Needlepoint Canvas


 You might not be familiar with the name but you sure have seen it, it’s the Needlepoint Canvas art. This age-old practice is said to be passed on from the 13th century, Italy. This art form has been passed on-to generations and today the needlepoint artists have given a wide dimension to stitches used in this art.

A needlepoint is worked on an even-weave canvas instead of a fabric, similar to a mesh-like structure.  It is generally made with long strong cotton or linen fibers.  It is a canvas work embroidery and is distinct from other embroideries due to the material used. The canvas is made with woven square netting with vertical and threads woven over each other to get the desired result.


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Over the years the development of this artwork has shifted from the traditional way to the use of plastic canvas, waste canvas, and other such mediums.  Not only this art is beautiful but is also very meditative and recently a hit among millennials. If you are looking for some stitching inspiration, read on to get inspired by these modern artists.

Ulla-Stina Wikander

If you are a fan of artwork on objects, then this one’s for you. She transforms lifeless objects into something beautiful and brings them back to life. From vintage phones to typewriters and even sewing machines, this artist revamps objects which are found in a household.

Michelle Hamer

Unlike other artists who mostly use traditional methods for stitching, Michelle Hamer adds to altogether a new dimension in this field of art with her designs to create pictures of billboards, road signs, buses. With the help of photographs, Michelle replicates the image onto the plastic canvas and then cross-stitches her artwork.

Sophia Narrett

Sophie through her canvas tells a story of either love, heartbreak, or a fantasy often inculcating details filled with color, blooming gardens, human body, and emotions. Her subject matter is intimate but is also very similar to those of historic painters. The technique of her stitching through a combination of colors and layering gives depth to the canvas.

Orly Cogan

Orly in her own words through her work explores common female stereotypes and archetypes.  She stitches her imagination on vintage linen with existing motifs of cross stitch flowers. Through her work she depicts the burden, anxiety, struggles, and even their indulgence which are layered over and stitched with a much linear technique.

Tell us how and what are you going to make with some colorful threads and a canvas in the comments below!


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